I was invited a few weeks ago to do a demonstration to private high school students of the Idrissi International School, to give an insight into early photographic process. I was very excited to have a chance to give a talk, the first for me to have an audience of young age here in Malaysia.
Granted that most of the heated curve acrylic dippers are fine for usage, one thing I never favour much about it, is that it acted like a ladle. This re-designed piece will reduce the problem.
It is a beautiful piece of camera... lightweight, solid, and one part which I favour the most, was it’s viewfinders: large, bright and clear. That is the fantastic part about the Kodak Brownie Six-20s to be converted for Wet Plate camera.
Since the pneumatic part of the Silent Grundner Shutter were shot or jammed up and stuck, as expected after 100 years which was made of vulcanised rubber, I had to figure out a way of using it as the bellows were quite fantastic shape and still in good condition.
All the fuss about head braces for portraits is basically to firmly 'touch' the sitter's head, neither clamping their heads down, nor grabbing them, Which I think it might as well be a torture contraption if it is so! It is like a cold, hard fingers firmly touch the back of your head and making the sitter aware, not too uncomfortable, that it is there for you to keep still.
The box were gathered literally at a worthless price as one could find something like this scattered on the street. It was taken in, sanded and coated with wood dye. The internal part of the box were coated with Bonda Seal, just to add bit more protection as I know there will be some sort of silver nitrate spill that will eat away the surface (probably right through it at some point).